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Publisher:Wiley
Published In:2010
ISBN-10:0470509503
ISBN-13:9780470509500
Binding Type:Paperback
Weight:1.72 lbs
Pages:pp. 432

is written by Herman T. Tavani.

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About the Book

This Book introduces readers to the issues and controversies that comprise the relatively New Field of Cyberethics. It treats Cyberethics as an interdisciplinary field of study and aims at addressing several audiences, including those in the Computer science, philosophy, social/behavioral science, and library/information Science fields. Twelve chapters divide Tavani's text, with the first introducing the key concepts/terms appearing throughout the book. Actual case examples and hypothetical scenarios involving privacy, security, intellectual property, and speech in cyberspace illustrate ethical controversies that convey the seriousness of the issues under consideration. These concepts and cases receive reinforcement with review/study and discussion/essay questions at the end of each chapter that facilitate readers' comprehension and reflection of ethical issues.

About the Author

Herman T. Tavani, Ph.D ., is Professor of Philosophy at River College (New Hampshire) and President of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT). He is the author, editor, or coeditor of five books on ethical and social aspects of information technology.

Contents

Preface. Acknowledgments. Foreword. Chapter 1. Introduction to Cyberethics: Concepts, Perspectives, and Methodological Frameworks. Chapter 2. Ethical Concepts and Ethical Theories: Establishing and Justifying A Moral System. Chapter 3. Critical Thinking Skills and Logical Arguments: Tools For Evaluating Cyberethics Issues. Chapter 4. Professional Ethics, Codes of Conduct, and Moral Responsibility. Chapter 5. Privacy and Cyberspace. Chapter 6. Security in Cyberspace. Chapter 7. Cybercrime and Cyber-Related Crimes. Chapter 8. Intellectual Property Disputes in Cyberspace. Chapter 9. Regulating Commerce and Speech in Cyberspace. Chapter 10. The Digital Divide and the Transformation of Work. Chapter 11. Community, Personal Identity, and Our Sense of Self In Cyberspace. 12. Ethical Aspects of Emerging and Converging Technologies. Glossary. Index.

Excerpts from Inner Flap (Front)

"Herman Tavani has written an excellent introduction to the field of cyberethics. [that] is extraordinarily comprehensive and up to date. We need a good book in cyberethics to deal with the present and prepare us for an uncertain future. Tavani's Ethics and Technology is such a book." - from the Foreword by James H. Moor, Dartmouth College The new edition of this respected text continues to provide students the information they need to fully grasp the complex issues in cyberethics that computer and noncomputer professionals alike need to navigate the challenging waters of cyberspace. Each chapter is updated with new examples and scenarios to provide the most current information. New Issues examined in this edition include ethical implications of controversies involving: *Blogs and the 'blogosphere"; *Web mining and personal privacy, including the Facebook Beacon controversy; *Cyberbullying on social networking services (SNSs); *"Sexting" incidents involving teenagers vis-à-vis current child pornography laws; *Violence and pornography in massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs), including World of Warcraft and Second Life ; *Virtual economies and "gold farming" in virtual worlds; *Cyberespionage activities carried out by governments and state-sponsored organizations; *"Certified Ethical Hackers" who carry out pre-emptive counter hacking activities on the part of organizations that hire them. Updated material is also presented on ethical controversies affecting P2P file-sharing sites, DRM systems, employee monitoring, spam and phishing, and cyberterrorism and information warfare. In addition to review and discussion questions that reinforce key concepts, newly constructed Essay/Presentation questions are included in each chapter to provide instructors and students with additional resources for in-class group projects and outside class assignments.

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